DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Haunted house lovers in the Downers Grove region, fear not — Disturbia is set to reopen Friday.
The team behind Aurora’s Basement of the Dead, which has been rated the best haunted house in the world by BuzzFeed, is set to bring its brand of “movie-quality” haunts with “grotesque beauty” to the highly popular attraction, owner Jason Seneker told Patch.
Things at Disturbia will also look different from previous years due to safety precautions put in place to keep customers and actors safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Customers must purchase tickets for specific time windows, and everyone is required to wear masks while inside the haunted house. All customers and actors must have their temperatures checked before entering, and actors are screened for any coronavirus-related symptoms.
Capacity and group sizes will be limited this year to follow public health mandates and keep actors and customers safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, Seneker said.
That means fewer people can enjoy the haunted house, but the smaller groups have created a more “intimate” scare for customers, Seneker said.
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“It’s almost like people are getting a special show,” Seneker said, adding many could find it scarier this year for that reason. With fewer people in each room, there’s nowhere to hide during the haunts, Seneker said.
Basement of the Dead customers are accustomed to an “in your face, get into your personal space” type of haunt, but this year, actors at both haunted houses will be positioned at a “scary but safe distance,” Seneker said.
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Both haunted houses are “much safer” than large retail stores or other public entertainment options, Seneker said.
“This is a truly safe